Prep 40 mins
Cook 0 mins
directly from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. I by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck (Knopf, 1961)
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (supremes)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch white pepper
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots or 1 tablespoon green onion
- 1⁄4 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
For the sauce
- 1⁄4 cup white stock or 1⁄4 cup brown stock
- 1⁄4 cup port wine or 1⁄4 cup madeira wine or 1⁄4 cup dry white vermouth
- 1 cup whipping cream
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons freshly minced parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Rub the chicken breasts with drops of lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a heavy, oven-proof casserole, about 10 inches in diameter until it is foaming. Stir in the minced shallots or green onion and saute a moment without browning. Then stir in the mushrooms and saute lightly for a minute or two without browning. Sprinkle with salt.
- Quickly roll the chicken in the butter mixture and lay a piece of buttered wax paper over them, cover casserole and place in hot oven. After 6 minutes, press top of chicken with your finger. If still soft, return to oven for a moment or two. When the meat is springy to the touch it is done.
- Remove the chicken to a warm platter (leave mushrooms in the pot) and cover while making the sauce (2 to 3 minutes).
- To make sauce, pour the stock and wine in the casserole with the cooking butter and mushrooms. Boil down quickly over high heat until liquid is syrupy. Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until cream has thickened slightly. Off heat, taste for seasoning, and add drops of lemon juice to taste. Pour the sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
This recipe turns out PERFECT every time I have made it. 'endeavor' must like to eat rubber if he or she thinks 30 - 40 minutes is better.
This is an awesome dish.. the timing is correct, though I doubled the recipe so it took about 12 minutes to get the chicken 'just' cooked thru. It was very moist and tender.. Any longer and it would start to get dry. The sauce is to die for! I highly recommend this!
When my son-in-law ate this the first time I cooked it he said, "Wow! I feel like I should dress up to eat this." I really love this recipe. It's really fattening and full of cholesterol so I reserve it for special occasions. My family requests it every time when I ask what they want to eat. This is easy to make, tastes better than anything I have ever eaten, and it is better the second day than the first if you can stand to leave leftovers. I serve it with rice and a salad. Dessert is Julia's chocolate cake with almonds. Everyone comes back for seconds on the chicken, though.